Our next meeting is on Thursday, September 1st, at the PERA Club. The program will be about communications in NASA's Mercury and Gemini programs. Hank Wall, W0CZE, will tell us about his experiences working on these programs during the heyday of the USA's race for space.
Come join us in the cool confines of the PERA Club. There will be drinks and snacks at the break. Bring a guest!
As always, you are welcome to arrive early to socialize. The meeting will begin around 7:00 pm with the presentation after our refreshment break.
Thank you to Larry, WO7R, for giving us an introduction to some of ham radio's cutting edge technology. His technical presentation on "Arduinos with a Little Raspberry Pi" challenged us to think beyond the commercial boxes most of us rely upon for our operating these days.
One of the things we have lost over the past (pick a number) years is the ability and/or desire to design and build breadboard projects in the shack. These new technologies are not easy to grasp initially, but provide limitless opportunities to measure and control a wide variety of ham radio applications.
Larry described a few of the projects he is currently working on, primarily related to the building of his remote station in Maricopa. We should all take the challenge and have some fun like many of us did years ago, collecting some of these inexpensive components to see what we can invent and build for our shacks. The big advantage these days, as Larry explained, is that there are many roadmaps readily available on the Web to show us how to accomplish almost anything we want to make.
From My DX Summit
August Meeting Recap
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Please join us on the CADXA Repeater at 0200Z on the Thursday nights when the club is not meeting. If you can help out occasionally as the Net Control Station (NCS), please send an email to KY7M and let him know.
Debby and I had a good time in Williams despite dodging the rain and lightning. It was our first time going north for the July hamfest since it moved from Fort Tuthill. We stopped on our way up on Friday morning to have lunch on the outskirts of Flagstaff since the clouds to the west looked quite foreboding. Apparently we missed the good morning weather and initial swapmeet. By the time we arrived mid-afternoon, there was not much happening outside. We visited with the vendors and our Section Manager, KE8DM, and his entourage at the ARRL booth before heading back to Flagstaff for dinner with some friends.
Saturday morning brought decent weather, but a disappointing number of sellers to the parking lot. Inside, we visited with Reinhard, K7RGG, and Ingrid, W7ISG, and gave them some of the new CADXA brochures and business cards to hand out to prospective members, especially those having their DXCC QSL cards checked by Reinhard. Also checking cards was Jesse, AI9L, who approved my two latest 160m QSLs as well as a pile of 160m cards from Pres, N6SS. It was good to see both of them.
We also caught up with WA0KDS, K8BN, NE7X, and NQ7R, among other club members. Late in the morning we left for a visit to Bearizona before having lunch at one of the classic Route 66 eateries. I attended the ARCA meeting at the end of the afternoon and then we went to the annual BBQ at the Railroad RV Park. The highlight of that event to our surprise and delight was seeing Reinhard and Ingrid receive the ARCA Ham of the Year Award for their many contributions to the Arizona ham community.
We have a very interesting presentation scheduled for the September meeting. Hank Wall, W0CZE, is going to share his experiences working on communications for NASA's Mercury and Gemini programs. I hope to CU there.
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Central Arizona DX Association
We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 120 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).